Thursday, June 16, 2011

Photos of Hindu sculpture, temples, and holy people

This week we augmented our Hinduism gallery with 30 black/white and sepia photographs of Hindu sculptures, carvings, temples and holy people. Stay tuned for more, as we are on a bit of an India kick this month! Below is a rock carving from Mamallapuram depicting the paradise of Indra. Mamallapuram is a group of temples in Tamil Nadu, India, built from the 7th-9th centuries AD, that features scenes from the Sanskrit epic the Mahabharata. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Paradise of Indra sculpture at Mamallapuram

Bronze statue of the goddess Kali Statue of Hindu goddess Kali

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hindu god illustrations from 1800s

We recently added several interesting illustrations to our Hinduism gallery. This set was done in the mid-1800s, and the pictures appear to have been hand-colored. This is an image of Vishnu, considered the preserver of the universe, and part of the Hindu trinity (or trimurti) that includes Brahma and Shiva. Hindu god Vishnu

Monday, June 6, 2011

Warwick Goble's illustrations of Chaucer works

Last week we expanded our collection of Warwick Goble artwork by adding the illustrations from a 1912 edition of works by medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Images (available as 300 dpi jpgs) include scenes from The Canterbury Tales.

Depiction of scene from Chaucer poem "To Rosamond."

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Constantinople paintings of Warwick Goble

The latest addition to our gallery of images by early-20th-century illustrator Warwick Goble is a subset of the pictures painted for the 1906 book Constantinople. For high-resolution images, please visit our gallery.


A Turkish lady in outdoor dress. Artist: Warwick Goble. Image published: London 1906.  Note: Illustration depicts woman in Istanbul wearing the yasmak, a traditional Turkish veil and headcovering.

In my opinion, many of the watercolor images in this set lack the detail and exotic flavor of the Indian myth paintings (see previous post), but some are quite evocative.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Indian myth paintings of Warwick Goble

Forthcoming in the next month or so are a new set of images related to India, and Hinduism. In the process, we encountered the lovely paintings by early-20th-century artist Warwick Goble used to illustrate Donald MacKenzie's Indian Myth and Legend. The illustrations depict scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, ancient Hindu epic poems written in Sanskrit. Full-resolution (300 dpi) images are available for immediate download.

Rama Spurns the Demon Lover. Artist: Warwick Goble (1862-1943). Image published: London, 1913. Illustration of an Indian myth from the Hindu epic Ramayana, (ca. 5th-4th century BC.

We have added 8 of these images to our Ancient World-India gallery, and have also created a Warwick Goble gallery. Illustrations from other Goble projects will be added over the next month or two, so check back frequently!